I remember that invigorating feeling of, "Holy crap, I'm doing this on my own! I'm really doing this!" and then that stark realization of, "Oh crap, how do I stop?!?!".
Well, over a decade later, I went through this process again last night. My new bike came in the mail -- and a friend of mine has a cousin who happens to be quite the "bicycle guru". He graciously assembled my new bike for me, adjusted it, and had me test ride it up and down the street so we could adjust the handle bars and seat properly.
Except there's one small problem.....my bike doesn't have pedals. It had these "clipless" little stubs you install (which cost a very pretty penny, may I add) And my cycling shoes have cleats that clip in.
So there I was, in the middle of that street....with my friend's cousin (whom I just met) pushing me (a grown woman) down the street. Coaching me, "You've got this! Now clip your left foot in! There you go!" I'm sure he hasn't done this since his own daughter's learned to ride their bikes. All I could think was, "I look and feel like such a tool right now."
Although I've known how to ride a bike for many years, getting serious about road biking is seriously like learning how to ride a bike again! It has been a humbling process. Last week when I purchased my shoes -- that have these zip-tie-like straps, I had to ask the sales associate at the store to help me get my shoe off.
However, I can already say it's totally worth it. I love that 20 miles can be covered in 1 1/2 hours. I adore the wind in my face. I'll admit that I feel like a badass at the stoplight, making a left turn, with the cars, on a bike. (Although, it is frightening at times and most of my routes are planned around not making left turns.) And I
So that's my "adventure" for the week! If you can call that an adventure? Oh, and I got certified to resuscitate newborns in emergency deliveries! Basically, I get another card to put in my file and another group of letters to put on my resume! But it does give me a little comfort to be more educated on this matter.